Powering the Fortuner is a grunty 3.0-litre 16-valve four-cylinder DOHC turbocharged, intercooled common-rail (phew!) diesel with 168 bhp at 3600 rpm and nearly 35 kgm of torque that develops between 1400 and 3400 rpm. The fact that this motor can also be seen under the hood of the Prado should mean something, right? Yeah, but it’s surprisingly not as refined as the smaller D4-D in the Innova and is a bit noisy. But there’s no doubting its ability to lug this fairly large SUV effortlessly, even when in low traction conditions. But when it comes to the sheer specifications, it’s the Santa Fe’s engine that wins over here. This motor displaces only 2200cc, but it puts out a whopping 194 bhp at 4000 rpm and 42 kgm of Fortuner-pulling turning force between 1800 and 2500 rpm. The presence of VGT means it is more responsive and overall, this engine is much more civilised than that inside the Toyota.
So you know what happens when we strap the VBox and get the figures out, right? No surprises there: the Santa Fe consistently outperforms the Toyota in all the key parameters. 100 kph comes up in 10.77 seconds as compared to the Fortuner’s 13.1 seconds. It takes just 6.8 seconds for the 80 to 120 kph run as opposed to the relatively slow 10.4 seconds taken by the Fortuner. Both achieve speeds of 150 kph plus – but I frankly don’t want to drive these SUVs at those speeds. The engine outputs apart, the Fortuner has a slight advantage of weight – it is six kilogrammes lighter but considerably less powerful too. Two-Zero favouring Hyundai, but that’s not all.